Bleeding Heart serves as the common name for a beautiful species of flowering plant. They actually represent a member of the poppy family.
Becuase of its unique appearance, this plant has a high value in gardens and also in floristry. This occurs due to the delicate heart-shaped pink and white flowers it produces. The plant made its first appearance in Europe in the 1840s.
Bleeding Heart Physical Characteristics
The Bleeding Heart typically attains a height of around 47 in (120 cm). The average width of the plant measures about 18 in (45 cm).
This species also represents a herbaceous perennial. The leaves possess three lobes only, and the stems appear as either light green or pinkish in color.
Each hanging stem produces as many as 20 blooms. These appear from early Spring through Summer. The outer petals of the bloom display a bright pink to light red color. Yet the inner petals generally show white.
As the name implies, the flowers themselves form in the conventionalized shape of a heart.
Bleeding Heart Cultivation and Toxicity
The Bleeding Heart propagates well in full sun, provided that the climate is cool and moist. Otherwise, the species requires rather moderate shade to be successful.
A variety of insects also feed on the leaves, which sometimes makes the plant difficult to cultivate. Snails, slugs, and aphids are the most common among these threats. Seeds are produced in long, thin pods.
During the Summer, the plant dies back, leaving only the root system. The leaves and stem of the plant contain a variety of alkaloids. These are not considered dangerous. Contact with the plant generally produces only mild skin irritations.